"Flock Together" - watercolor and gesso on paper, 15" x 22". Ready to frame. Available here and at Artfinder.
Happy Monday, dear reader! We are having a deluge here in south Florida, as the rainy season commences and the greenery overtakes everything. Our mango and avocado trees are heavy with fruit hanging nearly to the ground, like some oddly edible Christmas trees. But rainy days are also quite conducive to painting, mending, organizing and thinking. My brain feels heavy with ideas.
A deep dive back in to Mark Nepo's The One Life We're Given and a chapter on talent. I couldn't imagine what spin Nepo might have on this topic, but he had me oooooohing and aaaaahhhhhing from the first page. When you were quite young, sweetest of readers, was your talent seeing the moon? Picking the best color from the crayon box? Knowing which jelly was best? Finding cloud animals? Or maybe knowing when grown-ups were angry, or when your sister needed a hug? Nepo had me teary again when he wrote "We're so focused on our talents of doing that we often ignore our talents of being." That's right, your talent and mine begins with just being.
We knew this as youngsters - we felt glorious and gifted merely by existing! Until the world told us we had to be more. Nepo assures us "our quest for purpose begins with knowing our natural gifts. Then our life's work becomes the inevitable journey of becoming what we already are."
I'd love to know what your childhood talents were...there is treasure to be had in those memories! Leave a comment below. One lucky commenter's name will be drawn at random and will receive a sweet treasure in the mail from me. Thank you for being!
Jen Walls and her imaJENation